An intriguing town situated in the Majha region of Punjab, Tarn Taran Sahib is considered to be the headquarters of the Tarn Taran district.
Primarily known for a significant Sikh shrine namely Gurudwara Tarn Taran Sahib, this town is visited by Sikh devotees from all parts of the country. The gurudwara lies right in the centre of the town and is one of the most visited religious places in Punjab.
It is believed that Tarn Taran Sahib town was founded by the fifth Guru, Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji and perhaps it is due to this fact that one can experience the essence of the true Sikh culture here right from its lanes to every other corner of the region.
The best time to visit Tarn Taran Sahib is from October to March. During this time, the overall weather conditions are quite pleasant for travelling and exploring.
Tarn Taran Sahib came under the Bhangi Sikh dynasty from 1716 to 1810 when this region was ruled by rulers of Dhillon clan. In 1947, after the independence of India, Tarn Taran was among the few districts in Punjab that had a majority of the Sikh population.
By the 1980s, when the Khalistan movement was at its peak, Tarn Taran was declared the capital of Khalistan (the proposed Sikh nation). Eventually, the movement was suppressed and peace was restored in the state.
Later in 2006, Tarn Taran was given the status of a district and it became the 19th district of Punjab. The name Tarn Taran was given to the Sarovar in the Gurudwara which is known to be the largest in any gurudwara in Punjab. Talking about its meaning; Tarn Taran means a boat that takes one across the ocean of existence.
1. Akal Takht. Located in the Harmandir Sahib complex in Amritsar, Punjab, this is one of the five takhts of the Sikhs and is considered as the most sacred sites among the devotees.
2. Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree. The Dukh Bhanjani Beri Tree is an old jujube tree and is believed to have miraculous powers. This tree is located in the Golden Temple complex and stands on the eastern side of the Amrit Sarovar.
3. Shree Durgiana Mandir. Being a very important religious site, this place holds a very significant spiritual charm. It is located a few yards away from the Amritsar railway station at a distance of around 1.5 km from the local bus stand. The very idea that a temple should be standing here had come from a man named Gur Shai Mal Kapoor who was known to be a great visionary and religious person. The temple looks similar to the Golden Temple but is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
4. Mandir Mata Lal Devi. The Mata Lal Devi Temple is considered as a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to a 20th-century bespectacled female saint known by the name of Lal Devi. An interesting belief about the temple is that if any childless couple offers prayer here, they are blessed with a child.
Tarn Taran district is known for its religious prominence. It is located at an approximate distance of 439, 1,941, 1,715, 2,564 km from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel to this place following the below-mentioned means of public transportation.
By Air. Tarn Taran Sahib doesn’t have an airport. The nearest airport from the town is the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport and is located about 11 kilometres northwest of the Amritsar city. From Tarn Taran, the airport is 40 km.
Considered as the busiest and largest aerodrome of Punjab, it sees major airlines connecting to and fro with other cities. It is interesting to know that during the fiscal year of 2017-2018, it was considered as the fastest-growing airports of our country. As far as India is concerned, it was ranked as the 6th best regional airport in Central Asia in 2019. As you land at the airport, take any public transport to reach your destination.
By Train. Tarn Taran junction railway station is the nearest to reach the gurudwara. From the station, one can take a taxi or a bus to further travel to the holy place. Trains from all the metropolitan cities of India arrive here.
By Road. There are regular buses to Tarn Taran Sahib from other major cities. So, travelling by road would be a budget-friendly and seamless experience for you. However, if you want to consider other options to travel by road, then, you can consider hiring a cab or if it is pocket-friendly, then take your own vehicle. It will give you the freedom to travel at your own pace.
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